The Cyclades, which comprise more than 30 islands, were the cradle of the first European civilised society 5,000 years ago. It is also here that Greece shows all its variety. Gleaming white cube houses with blue shutters and labyrinth lanes give the typical architectural flavour to the island towns.
The mostly ragged coastlines show impressive geological formations, turquoise-blue sea and fantastic sandy beaches. On the Saronic Islands between the Greek mainland and the Peleponnese Greece can be experienced from ist most abundant side. Learn about the Greek Liberation Struggle between 1821 – 1830 without Greece would not be as we know it today. Experience the fascinating mixture between antiquity and modern times on your motorized sailing ship or the bicycle and imbibe the authentic beauty of the Greek Aegean.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Individual journey to Athens Airport where our collective transfer will take you to Marina Zeas, the yacht harbour of Piraeus close to Athens, only 25 km (15 mi.) from Athens Airport.
Check-in from 2 p.m. on the Panagiota. Dinner on board. Overnight stay in Piraeus.
Early in the morning the boat takes you to Kythnos Island, which was famous for its cheese and honey since ancient times. The first cycling tour, which starts in the harbour of Merichas and first leads us to the capital Chora, offers lots of scenic views to the coastline. Chora is an appealing village, situated on a high plateau. Its angular alleys are decorated with painted flowers and geometric patterns. From there today’s cycle tour leads us to Driopida, a picturesque village. Afterwards we return to Merichas, where we can spend the evening in one of the cosy tavernas
In the morning the Panagiota takes us to Seriphos, a small island far from the tourist track, with deep valleys, countless bays and coves and lots of beautiful sandy beaches. From the harbour town of Livadi we cycle along a serpentine road to the main town of Seriphos, whose cube form houses nestle along a mountain ridge high above the sea. We continue on through untouched landscape to the Byzantine monastery of the Archangel Michael. We return to Livadi along a panoramic road on the East coast. In the afternoon the ship brings us to Siphnos, where we can relax at the beautiful beach. Overnight stay in Kamares on the island of Siphnos.
The island of Siphnos, which is famous for its ceramic artwork, is only inhabited away from the coast, because its coast drops mainly steeply into the sea. The cycling tour begins in the harbour of Kamares. The route leads through a green, hilly terraced landscape to the central highlands with the island’s capital Kastro, which is a defensive settlement built on a steep cliff face and has been a listed and protected town since 1975. In the afternoon we enjoy a longer cruise to Kea. Along the way we throw anchor for a refreshing swim stop. Overnight in Kea.
Our starting point for exploring the northwestern-most inhabited Cyclade island is the beautiful natural harbor of Korissia. From here we cycle uphill to the capital of the island, Loulis before continuing on to the white sand beach, Otzias where we can take a refreshing swim stop. Afterwards we return by bike to Korissia. In the afternoon we take a boats crossing to Poros in the Saronic Gulf. The harbor city of Poros is truly spectacular, its iconic clock tower juts out above the rest of the town, and provides a true Greek island atmosphere for a relaxing evening.
Today we start with a bike tour from Poros City to the Zoodochos Pigis monastery from the 18th century. Afterwards we ride almost once around the island which once Poseidon himself possessed. Shortly before the end of the tour we arrive at Russian Bay, a sandy beach with turquoise blue water which we cannot resist but to swim in. Back in Poros City the boat waits on us with a delicious midday meal during the cruise to Ägina.
The Island of Ägina is known far beyond the Greek borders for its incredible pistachio nuts! Today’s bike tour takes us up to the Sanctuary of Aphaia. The incredibly well preserved temple towers high above the blue of the sea in the single point of Ägina where the Aegean Sea can be seen on both sides. On our way back we cycle across the middle of the island past the monastery of Nektarios all the way to Ägina City where we board the boat for our last cruise back to Piräus. We enjoy a last evening meal on board together in the company of friends, guides and crew and reflect on the wonderful experiences of the week.
We have breakfast and unload. Individual departure follows, or you can extend your holiday in Greece.
The Cyclades are relatively susceptible to wind. Normally this results in only a minor modification of the tour route. However by strong wind conditions the travel route may markedly differ from the planned route. Our substitute tour leads you for the entire week into the Saronic Gulf, one of the most historic regions of Greece: We cross between the Greek mainland and the Peloponnesian and discover the islands of Egina, Poros, Hydra, Spetses and the Methana peninsula. A highlight of this journey is a visit to the ancient Epidauros with the best preserved theatre in Greece.
RATING – Moderate to Hilly
The daily routes of 15 to 35 km cover partly hilly and mountainous terrain. You can expect some steep ascents. Most roads are asphalted. You can rest for a day or half day on the ship at any time.
Your 4**** Motor Sailer
The PANAGIOTA, our newest ship in Greece, is an affectionately restored two masted motor yacht, which is 23 ft. wide and 102 ft. long. It was built in 1990 and modernized in 2001 in conformity with the requirements of cruises.
6 cabins below deck and 4 cabins above deck are at the guests’ disposal. All cabins are air-conditioned and equipped with a French bed (4,6 ft. wide) , one single bed and private shower and toilet.
There is room for all guests in the spacious saloon to have the meals, to regenerate or to spend some time with new friends. When the weather conditions are fine the guests can have their meals outside on the shaded rear deck. The spacious sun deck, equipped with mats, invites you to sun bath and to relax.
The on-board chef is a member of the crew and prepares the breakfast and one or two warm meals a day. The catering starts with the dinner on the arrival day and ends with the breakfast on the departure day.
The Panagiota does not offer a WiFi connection. If you need to connect to the internet during the tour, we recommend to take your portable electronic device to a cafe or bar somewhere in the harbour. Free WiFi is on offer almost everywhere. If you order something to eat or drink, then you are able to use the WiFi to your hearts content.
AIRPORT / TRANSFERS
The nearest airport is Athens, just 25km from the port of Piraeus. Group collective transfers are available on embarkation and disembarkation days only. Contact us for rates.
A taxi ride to the port is an approx. cost of Euro 35.00.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
2019 Departure Dates: May 11, 18, 25 June 1, 8 Aug. 31 Sep. 7, 14, 21
|Price per person, double occ. in a below deck cabin||CAD||$2385|
|Single cabins below deck||$650|
|Single share cabins are also available on request, no extra charge|
|Upgrade to above deck cabin||$170|
This tour includes:
Helmets are mandatory and will be available to rent for free aboard ship, however for hygiene reasons we recommend you bring your own.
Not included in the tour price:
* Meals and drinks ashore
* Drinks on board (tally sheet; to be paid to the captain), flat fee for drinking water: 20 Euro/adult
* Entrance fee to individually visited attractions
* Tips for crew and tour guides
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment